Benjamin Brandon teaches History at BCA, and serves as Director. He loves to learn, and one of his favorite ways to learn is through teaching. He has gained valuable experience teaching almost every age group, including elementary, jr. high, high school, university, and adult classes, in a variety of settings, including home-schooled co-ops, private schools, Church, and University. No matter the age of his students, Benjamin hopes to exemplify a true love of learning that is not limited to the classroom, but overflows into all areas of life. He is deeply drawn to the study of Western Civilization, especially ancient history and political philosophy. He received his B.A. degrees in International Relations and History, and completed his M.A. thesis on Christian Political Philosophy (specifically on Constantine, the first Christian emperor of the Roman Empire). Benjamin has an eclectic teaching style, weaving together reading material with various media and activities as he aims for an integrated understanding of different subjects. When not teaching, he is often found making game-winning catches in Ultimate Frisbee, or conquering the world in Risk.
Catherine Fishman teaches College Prep & Life Skills at BCA, and serves as Office Manager. She is passionate about all aspects of learning, and enjoys finding new ways to explore traditional ideas. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, New York, where she studied writing, philosophy, and religion. During her college career, she was inspired by the way professors connected individually with each student. This has motivated her to build genuine relationships with students and help them equip them to achieve their goals. Catherine is especially drawn to holistic approaches to education that look at the whole student and appreciate different learning styles. She has explored different learning styles herself as she pursued various positions in education, including teaching the “Theory of Knowledge” course at Riverstone International School to high school students, and working with special-needs children as a paraprofessional at The Village Charter School, Boise. Catherine has also held many marketing and administrative positions, including her current position as Office Manager for a private practice therapist/forensic psychologist. As an administrator, teacher and School Advisor, Catherine’s versatile skill set is a great asset to assisting both the students and parents of Boise Classical Academy. She looks forward to helping students and their families connect with the BCA community.
Josh Snell teaches Literature at BCA, and has a gift for simplifying complex ideas and clarifying confusing language. He has spent years teaching English to refugee families in the area, and is actively involved in supporting the Burmese refugee community in Boise. Josh double-majored at Boise State with a degree in Philosophy and English and took graduate seminars from the Bereau of Education Research. His passion for literature, philosophy, history inspires him to show his students the way these subjects are interconnected; he teaches students that the best of the classics, including the Bible, belong to a variety of genres. His favorite authors outside the Bible are C.S. Lewis and Feydor Dostoyevsky. In addition to teaching, he enjoys writing, and is in the process of publishing his first two books, The Four Brothers, and How to Survive in America.
Michael Arbogast teaches Latin at BCA, and is enduringly fascinated with education. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature and Religious Studies (with a concentration in Biblical Studies) from Linfield College in 2008, and, unable to stay away from academia, returned to Boise State University for a certificate in Latin in 2010. Since then, he has tutored students from elementary school to college in Latin, grammar, mathematics, and history. His other interests include linguistics, 19th century literature, sailing, and bicycling.
Lori Hancock serves as an administrative advisor for the Boise Classical Academy after twenty years of homeschooling her four children in the Treasure Valley. Three of her kids have graduated high school and continued on to university while the youngest, a student at BCA, is entering her junior year of high school. Throughout those years of teaching at home, Lori and her husband, Roger, utilized a wide variety of educational options including private school & auxiliary classes, homeschool co-ops, online classes, public school & college dual enrollment programs, and tutors. During the last three years Lori has been involved with the Aaron Academy as both a parent and a teacher.